Monday, January 23, 2012

Deep Dish Pizza

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This deep dish pizza is reminiscent of Zachary's pizza in the Bay Area, but the recipe is simplified using uncooked pizza dough from Trader Joe's.  It is so rich and delicious, warm oozing mozzarella embedded between two layers of pizza crust with a rich pizza sauce on top.  It tastes like a casserole pie and will appease even the hungriest appetite.  You can vary the ingredients to your liking.  For best results use a 12" deep dish pizza pan.

2 packages Trader Joe's unflavored pizza crust dough (uncooked)
1 pkg (16 oz) Trader Joe's shredded mozarella cheese
1/4 cup each,  parmesan and romano cheeses
1 (23 oz) can crushed tomatoes with puree
1-1/2 tsp oregano
2-3 T fresh chopped basil
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Toppings:  Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green pepper, onions, mushrooms, olives (your choice)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Prepare your toppings, i.e., saute the mushrooms, green peppers, onions until done.  In a separate saucepan mix the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper over medium-high heat, then simmer for 30 minutes.

Grease the deep dish pan with Crisco.  Flour your hands and roll one package of the pizza dough out on a floured surface, stretching it to fit into the pan and up the sides of the pan.  Sprinkle the cheeses and all your toppings on top of the dough.  Roll the second pizza crust out and place it on top.  Seal the edges of the crust, tearing off and discarding the excess crust.  Make 8 small slits with a knife in the top crust.  Pour the pizza sauce on top to 1/4" of the edge (note: you may not need to use all of the sauce).  Sprinkle chopped fresh basil on top (optional).  Bake 35 minutes at 475 degrees.  Absolutely the best deep dish pizza you have ever eaten!

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